The cleaner your look, the less likely it is to go out of fashion. This kitchen from Jan Goldman, owner of renovation and design firm Kitchen Elements, minimizes hardware with custom-designed pantries and drawers that are flush with the wall; the china hutch in the middle features simple sliding glass doors.
A built-in china cabinet and hutch features inset doors and lighted upper shelves, bringing modern convenience to this historic transitional kitchen. An antique bench was the source for the center island, which now features a new soapstone countertop. The hardwood floors are original to the house. A light, neutral palette keeps the kitchen feeling bright and open.
This traditional china cabinet serves as the perfect display area for vintage china, glass ware, and silver serving ware. The floral and aviary patterned wall design add visual interest while the mounted pheasants sitting atop provide a unique conversation starter. The wall treatment may look like wallpaper, but it's actually paper-backed fabric. Designer Sarah Richardson used this centuries-old process to achieve a sophisticated look in her dining room. The process of backing fabric with paper is known as lamination or paper backing and costs about $10 per yard. Check with local wallpaper or fabric stores for availability.
This traditional dining room features a silver-themed table setting, a dining table in rich wood tones and casual wicker seating. The formal chandelier adds a touch of elegance to the space, while the red-patterned wallpaper, wood hutch and area rug bring warmth to the room.
In the kitchen, one of the first pieces brought into the space was a hutch from Bryan’s great-grandmother. The family heirloom is now the perfect piece to hold china and the couple’s collection of flatware and glasses. The wood elements of the hutch are repeated again in modern cabinetry and a small bistro table.
A bright, stainless chandelier illuminates the dining table with a rustic, natural centerpiece. An antique hutch displays colorful china and proves new and old work well together in this dining space, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (detail)
A European-style chandelier and sconces provide soft lighting in this cozy dining space. The dark wood dining table and black china cabinet add sophisticated contrast to the neutral wall color and curtains, and a silver tree branch candelabra accentuates the rustic elegance of the space.